Diversity in College is Important
What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". Today we use it to describe an amalgamation of peoples, traditions, cultures and ideas.
How does this translate to the college experience?
Students who say that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to offer a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, religions, and classes.
Diversity can be promoted by the college in multiple ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to engage students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to encourage meaningful connections between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Get the Facts on Diversity at Brown, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Country.
Excellent Overall Diversity
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity to create a total diversity grade for every school.
Ranked #4 in the nation, Brown University is considered extremely diverse.
Excellent Ethnic Diversity
Many college students value the opportunity to meet and learn from different racial and ethnic groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Brown University is ranked #178 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Brown
If the data is present, the following chart will show Brown undergraduate student diversity.
Brown boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is above average.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Brown University, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Brown is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #286 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 3,233 males and 3,693 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Brown
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Brown's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Brown is excellent.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Brown's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Brown is excellent.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they came to this school.
Less than 10% of the students attending Brown University come from within Rhode Island. This puts Brown's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #3.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 49 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Brown
There is a relatively large community of about 1,713 international students at Brown University representing at least 47 countries. For more information, see the Brown International Student Page.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Some students prefer a campus filled with others who are the same age, while some prefer a diverse age range of students. What do you prefer?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At Brown University, 61.0% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Brown #2,044 in the nation for student age diversity.
Brown Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Brown.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Brown doing at attracting and supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the income levels of their students. To get a better idea of how Brown is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Brown?
Contact the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are offered that encourage diversified perspectives on campus.